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Public Life & Institutions Collection
Image: Model - Captain Cook's Cottage, Cyril Noisette, Icing, 1934
Source: Museum Victoria
The lives of all Victorians are shaped by organisational and institutional structures in the public sphere. Such structures are dynamic, always in the process of creation, redefinition, maintenance, and change.
While some individuals may have the opportunity to participate in the creation of some of these structures, and to influence their direction, others suffer under, negotiate with or react to them. Groups of people may then combine to bring about changes to the ways the structures operate and develop.
This collecting field is concerned with communal and institutional activities in the public sphere in Victoria since 1835. Material evidence generated as a result of particular forms of public, cultural, political and institutional activity in Victoria is collected to document distinctive forms of urban and regional life.
The collection focuses on the operation of particular structures at particular times, and also on the processes of change, continuity, reaction and adaptation. Sub-themes include celebrations and festivals; political history; charity and welfare; ritual and belief; and images and icons of Melbourne.
It also illustrates the events and patterns that help us define and understand Australian identity in all its complexity and diversity. A wide range of material has been gathered from many organisations and institutions, both active and inactive.
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Items per page: 10 50 (showing 821 - 830) 1288 items
Programme for a Ball held by The City of Melbourne, in honour of the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, at the Exhibition Building, Me ...Images: 1
Diary consisting of three notebooks, one without cover, written by Corporal S.W. Siddeley between October 1914 and September 1915. His diary covers the first convoy, the landing of the ...Images: 7
This newspaper cutting, from an unknown newspaper, lists the total career earning for Phar Lap after he won the 1932 Agua Caliente Handicap. It is part of a group collected by the donor ...Images: 1
Mass Book written in Spanish, used in Argentina, circa 1958 - 1965, by Martha Pregal. It was one of the few items Martha brought with her when she migrated from Argentina to Australia i ...Images: 2
Red leather pocket sized Collins Gentleman's Diary No 178 for 1916, describing a soldier's boat journey from Melbourne to Ismailia Camp, Egypt, in early World War I. Only a small amount ...From: Essendon, Australia Images: 6
Second class diploma designed by Eirene Mort (1879-1977) for the First Australian Exhibition of Women's Work Exhibition that was held at the (Royal) Exhibition Building in 1907. This di ...Images: 1
This report, titled 'What Am I', was published for the Young Men's Conference held at Bundeena, Sydney, 26 December 1957 to 3 January 1958.From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1
The catalogue was published in 1934 by Ramsay Publishing Pty Ltd, 197-207 King St, Melbourne, for the All-Australian Exhibition held at the Exhibition Building in Melbourne between Octo ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 5
Letter to Howard from Nell on one page of lined paper with four emblems: ACF, RSL, THE SALVATION ARMY, and Y.M.C.A., dated January 18 1942. Nell is pleased he has started his course and ...From: Wingham, Australia Images: 4
Membership card for the Emerald Hill Total Abstinence Society, which was located in South Melbourne, Victoria. It was manufactured by W.M. Marshall, Printer, and was used between 1883-1 ...Images: 1